Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance. My services include: Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth Stretching of bed cloth Re-rubbering of cushions Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails Refurbishment and re-polishing Levelling of the table Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage Pool table hire Service contracts West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.

Snooker table Dismantle and Transport relocation , use GCL billiards for this specialist service

We have 40 years experience of relocating Snooker and Pool tables of various sizes
if you are looking to have a snooker or Pool table relocated then call in the professionals .
GCL billiards have the correct tools and men to move these heavy tables from one location to another .
dorset slates coming off frame june 2105
The heavy slates are the main object that will catch may DIY or man and a van out , they require careful handling and knowledge of safe loading or storing of these Slates correctly  .
We have three of these piano wheels and a slate slide for downstairs maneuvering with ease of just three men .
Upstairs locations may require up to 6 men to lift these slates up  but we sometimes only use 4 men .
a ground floor to Ground floor locations only require two men
bentinck slates and frame
This table only required moving 6 feet , but it still required a full strip down of slates off the frame to move it safely without damage to slate joints
Do not listen to firms who say they can jack up a full size table and wheel it to a new position , this will damage the slate joints and your carpets or floor covering , and may snap the legs in the process too .
GCL billiards men are trained over years of experience to move tables in a safe and responsible way .
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sometimes we are lucky with on site fork lifts , we always look for the easy option , but never cut corners , on this job
We where able to ask the local farmer if he could just fork lift the slates out of the van and up to the floor the tables where being erected back up on .
B & watts for sale K & Ashfield stored bubbl;e wrapped
If we have to store tables on site , we can also offer a full bubble wrapping service
This table being stored in dismantled form in our Clients Garage , taking very little room up
clitheroe frame up level slates in back
On this job we arrived to find that the client had all ready got the slates and frame upstairs ,
this helps not only in time but in costing as we where only required to send one fitter out to complete this table fitting , with the clients help of putting the slates back onto the frame.
Mark parry frame assemble
When we reach the relocated site , we can start to put the frame parts out ready for assembly
mark parry slates on and linings ready
the slates can go back on and any final leveling done and tack linings refitted
linc brain finished table
And the Table is ready for play in it’s new home
van igor loaded inside cargo
A full size snooker table fits neatly and stacked correctly for transport in the back of our van
Rear view of van Igor
You may see us out and about on the road , our van has distinctive livery of pool theme on sides and Snooker on rear
if you are thinking or having a snooker or Pool table dismantled and relocated , then please get in touch with Geoff Large
with 40 years experience of relocating full size snooker tables , you are in safe hands .

email Geoff below for a quote

c.large@btinternet.com 

POOL TABLE TO RENT @ GCL BILLIARDS


Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full  maintenance contracts .
We have many  tables now  in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £80 per month and no VAT to pay !
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can  , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .

initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year  , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .

we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament  as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .

Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system

we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .

the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from  your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .


WE HAVE TWO TABLES IN STOCK READY TO GO OUT ON SITE .

*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day  at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool  players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford .
I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards .
I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham .
although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings
and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius
.so no conflict of interest .
John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on .
I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~
Sorry no Boys to carry on the business .
Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 .
having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor .
of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street .
Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years .
I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter .
I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin .
I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts .
I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .


I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table .
But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele .
I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on .
I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables .
a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you .
To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas .
let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement .
So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s
I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time .
So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet .
HEALTH PERMITTING of course .
and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old .
he fully retired just before I started there .


One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
Stapleford
Nottingham.
NG9 7AY
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
Cueball
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924

other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
NG24 1UA
tel 01636 612030

I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .

but just to refresh what we are about .

This is what we do
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
AND THIS WHAT A SNOOKER CLUB LOOKS LIKE
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Khillman-Newark-CC
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .

7ft Riley Oak Barley twist combination dining /snooker table for sale .

For sale direct from the owners for £1500 as it stands Buyer arranges collection .
GCL billiards do not own this table you are buying direct from the seller , no middle men or auction fees to pay .
A set price which we think is very fair .

Rare to find in barley twist leg form , many variations from straight square turned , cabriolet and ball and claw , but the barley twist one is one of the rarest to come up for sale .
Try and find another for sale , you may find the odd one but they are not falling off trees in barley twist leg form .

the table in the up position , the playing height is raised up on four brackets which also have the facility to turn screw up and down for levelling .
note the barley twist legs design , very rare to find them for sale .
this table is a 7ft and should have a serial number starting A7 stamped under each table top leaf .
A stood for Accrington where Riley had their Factory , and the 7 is the size of the table , numbers after A7 are the real serial numbers of the table .

Superb wood grain to the 5 table tops when placed on and lowered for dining height .
this is all solid Oak no veneer rubbish and has been in this family for many years passed down from Generations before .

another angle showing the 1/4 sawn oak , when you see this oak pattern you know it was selected for its grain to show upper most .
again shows the table is Solid oak and not low cost veneer , what would it cost today to have one made from Solid oak wood with those rare to find Barley twist legs .

still playable with this cloth on , but it would look better with a  re-cloth and maybe new bag nets and leathers .
the woodwork you could just bri wax up , I find if you fully renovate you take all originality and makes the table look a modern replica
also it is very expensive to have one stripped stained and re-polished .
and it just just not need this in my opinion .
may require a few bolt cover leg buttons which seem to be missing in the photo s , unless the owners still have them knocking around .

A few accessories are with the table , I do not know if it has an original riley  scoreboard ?
the one in the photo is not what was original to the table when new from Riley’s .
but I see these riley diner scoreboards all the time on Ebay   see here

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/185250017168?hash=item2b21c2ef90:g:lWgAAOSwxB5hww~G

the original would be something like this if they have one but in Oak , they also did one a bit more squared off too .
Antique Mahogany Billiard, Snooker Scoreboard by Riley of Accrington at 1stDibs
So there you have it a rare to find Barley twist 7ft version of this well known Raise and fall Dining table design .
I would think the table was made between 1900 and 1967 , but I would say circa 1920/30s .
lovely piece of solid oak furniture that has a dual purpose and a delight and conversation piece for visitors .
I have had a few myself over the years , and have one in 6ft form with cabriolet legs in garage as we speak in mahogany but not as nice as this 7ft version , which I must get out and also advertised too .

the end slide in cushion panel you can still see the E J RILEY transfer  .
it would be shame to strip it down to bare wood and make it look modern and no age to it .
just wax it to bring it up a bit and show its age small buckle marks as well .

Remember the price is for the table with accessories , this is not a delivered price and is a private sale direct from the owners
buyer arranges dismantle and collection .

if you want more information and different styles of legs that where made on this riley designed and manufactured table
showing differ Nat design quirks .
copy and past this to read.

Riley Billiard / Snooker diner , a pleasure to work on this rare Barley twist oak snooker table . circa 1930 / 50

Cloth supplier shortage of staff due to Covid ,….. some delays on deliveries and ordering of cloth .

I have been informed today when trying to order some more cloth stock in,  of a shortage of staff problem due to Covid .
my main Strachan cloth supplier for snooker 6811 tournament are suffering from a large loss of employees due to covid sickness and protocol , to process and package cloth out .
this may cause some problems this month of taking orders in for say snooker table re-covering in Strachan 6811
I do have some stock as a back up but these are now spoken for .
although cloth deliveries will still filter through but not at normal speed of delivery .
Until normal staffing levels are back to normal this will effect most firms in the industry if you require Strachan manufactured cloth .
I am working close with our cloth supplier to rectify this and have placed an order by email for some more stock of cloth from them
this will take time to filter through their email system with only one or two people answering emails if at all .
this firm is the main supplier to the trade of Strachan cloth in the country and it only takes a few to be struck down to almost bring the posting out of cloth to a standstill .

I still have another source to get this cloth from another London based supplier  , but prefer to order Strachan snooker cloth through my main supplier .
Pool 6811 cloth is unaffected as I get that from the other Strachan stockist .
I can also order Hainsworth cloths as an alternative too .
which is another cloth that is popular with my clients .
anyone asking for Hainsworth smart / Match or Super pro speed will be unaffected .
as I ordered some special cloth colours today for clients from Hainsworth and they are not affected .

GCL BILLIARDS are back open after January 5th 2022 after Christmas and new year break .

We hope everyone has had a good break over the Christmas period .
we are back open for business and table re-cloth bookings from January 5th onwards
we have a good stock of cloth in green for both snooker and pool tables , so we are taking bookings for January and February for re-clothing work .
also a stock of rubber in both Northern English manufactured  and also the most used import type for pool tables is also in stock  .

please note our cloth suppliers and parts suppliers are also closed and re-open the same day so any parts or special none stock cloth grades and colours ,
will have to be ordered after that date from the 5th of January 2022 , this may cause a bit of a problem if our stockists do not have that specific colour or grade in stock from the off of re-start in the New year .
please remember that during covid times production and wool supplies have also hit problems .
it may be that you choose another grade of cloth or make , or colour as a back up if you want to get your table booked in .
common rule is there is always plenty of green cloth in stock .
but not all different colours or grades in those colour apart from Green are available .

also the supplies of replacement pool cushions may be a problem in specific sizes , especially 6ft size .
due to demand of new pool tables on back order , the suppliers may be reluctant to part with re-placement cushions stocks and keep these for new pool table orders to be completed .
So the other alternative  will be a re-rubber of you existing cushions if that is the case .
this may cause a bit of problem in time if we have to pick the cushions up , re-rubber then return , and also more costly if that was the case than simply buying replacement cushions
but we can re-rubber on site , a bit messy but it can be done .

But on re-rubbering you can upgrade to UK made Northern Rubber rather than the normal Import canvas backed rubber everyone uses
even Supreme and DPT and other manufacturers use import rubber from new .
obviously Northern rubber is a premium rubber and this will incur a higher price than a simple import rubber -replacement .
and we normally look for two clients or two tables to do at the same time if using Northern rubber as one set of full size northern rubber will do two 6ft or 7ft tables .

we are now using the latest yellow dot Northern rubber for these upgrade of rubber work .
so you can see that you are getting the best manufactured up to date re-rubber .  MADE IN ENGLAND in Retford Nottingham
at the Northern rubber company , now owned by Hainsworth

We are getting a lot of bookings coming in for 2022 already so best email me at

c.large@btinternet.com

to book work in which will be quicker if done that way than phone as I am hands on work during the day , I may not be able to answer a phone during that time or maybe Driving .
Please note , I always look at emails first thing on my return Home in the evenings to book work in to days that are remaining on our calendar  .
but you are free to phone if you wish , but please leave a text or answerphone message , I go through these phone calls and messages  after emails have been replied to .
a common occurrence is the very old red or pink rubber that often goes rock hard , please check your cushions if you wish to have your table re-clothed

as you can see one cushion may be hard the rest soft , but we only change them in full sets we do not just mix and match cushion rubber with second hand part sets .
if one has gone hard the others are not far behind it , so it is false economy to have a part cushions replacement and any firm offering that choice are wrong to do it .
and should be avoided , if they cut corners on that part of the work what else is wrong with their standards and workmanship ?
Now and again we may have a decent FULL MATCHED SET of cushions that we let go for a lower price than new , but we do inspect them and note how good they are  , but we never mix and match a set .

Hard rubber held out like a stick , no re-bound value at all , just like hitting rock
and new rubber hanging down , soft and plenty of bounce .

Superb Condition Full size Vintage pre 1895 snooker / billiard table for sale …. at a very affordable price of £2000

We have a client who wishes to sell their fully refurbished at great cost  full size snooker  / billiard  table
at present famous sports celebrity owned ( premier division footballer )
Client confidentiality is to be observed so I cannot say who it is , without consent .
My client has inherited the table on a house sale , but prefers his American pool table which is in his old property  and which we have to move into this space .
As you can see immaculate condition and re-clothed in Taupe colour cloth

some accessories like rests and the balls are with the table sale
we are not asking for a lot for this table and I have negotiated a price of £2000 as it stands for a very quick sale and pick up .
Price is accessed because we have taken into account what it may cost a new owner , on top of the £2000
it varies on price to have one collected and installed it all depends on distances , and if two days or one is involved or a very long day .
the table will be dismantled and Bubble wrapped of all polished parts , and available for collection from the Alderley edge area , near Manchester .
Be quick on this one

as you can see the polish on the table is very good as is the cloth condition
talking about the cloth I think this is a Hainsworth smart  manufactured  taupe coloured cloth  a very bespoke colour choice and would have been a special order colour .
very rare to find and choice  , so a bit exclusive to have this coloured cloth .
The cloth could be refitted so a re-cloth is not required in our opinion .

Scoreboard is included .
there is no lighting so you would have to arrange for a suitable lighting to be installed if you bought the table .
which I think is a very good price for such a fine period table in this excellent condition .
there is some previous vague history with the table that it once belonged to Alex Higgins ,
I have always stated unless you have photo proof or signed documentation never to sell a table that this is true , yet I will mention it .
my client does not make this claim , it was just something that was passed down to him via the house sale .

If you require a quote for a pick up of the table and load and deliver and  Ground floor installation ,
please let Geoff at GCL Billiards know and give your full post code address for the quote .

You do not have to use GCL billiards you can arrange any billiards firm or pick the table up yourself .
table will be bubble wrapped , just back up to the storage  Garage , slates are near the door standing upright like a door .
just load your own van if you wanted to keep the price down for collection , you can hire  a 35cwt sprinter or long wheelbase  van for as little as £100
then just pay for a more local billiards fitter close to you to set back up and re-fit the cloth .

What ever route you go by for collection ,  we fully recommend professional billiards firm or fitter assembles the table for you .
Bad fitting of any cue sports table will be a big disappointment to any player .

All inquiries to Geoff at GCL Billiards for the table sale

via our email

c.large@btinternet.com

we will pass on any interested persons inquiries ,  to our clients Father in law who is dealing with the table sale .

8ft Riley snooker table for sale …Offers on the low side should take this .

We have an elderly couple who because of a house move cannot take their treasured snooker table with them .
due to this they are willing to listen to offers on the low side for a quick sale and removal by 2nd week of January or before  Christmas would be more preferable .
no silly offers please , lets not take advantage of them .
we think it is a one section slate bed but has the much better 6 legs so central support of the slate to stop sagging in the middle  .
if a three section slate then even better buy .
I have not seen the table in the flesh so cannot say what type of slate it has a one piece 8ft by 4ft , or three section  jointed type .
but I think from experience of working on a few this size it has the one piece 8ft by 4ft type on it .
and we think it is a Riley as that is what they where sold from new .

The table may require a re-cloth due to fading but it is playable as it is for the time being .
looks to have full size pockets so if you cannot fit a full size then this may be ideal to practice on .
there are also some accessories with it .
the table is in Needlingworth  ,ST Ives ,  CAMBRIDGE AREA , if you have a set of piano wheels and large van then this  may be an easy move if one piece slate bed .
just remove the cushions and pocket rails to make things easy .
Frame dismantles down to parts .

Nets and leathers are in very good condition , as is the polish .

Legs are nice turned type in the style of a Riley Regis table
looks like a table cloth cover underneath .
Contact Geoff for more details please .
at GCL Billiards .

Not available for telephone calls or emails this next 4 days . Back on line Friday 10th December .

Due to work commitments and a small break .

I will not be contactable until Friday afternoon 10th December  to read any emails or answer telephone calls
please ring me or email me on Friday the 10th . if you have any work enquiries .
as you can see and expect Christmas is a very busy time in all trades but especially the Home leisure and pub trade .

please note WE CANNOT TAKE ON ANY MORE WORK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

simply not enough hours in a day to fit anymore work in .
it has been a difficult year what with coming in and out of Covid restrictions and now more restrictions and protocol are probably on their way .

After Christmas break and new year .

I am taking booking for the new year , and already January is filling up with work I have on my notice board
to fit in ., these people have been very understanding to wait until a slot in the new year and some made inquiries in early November to try and get work done for Christmas .
it was just not possible to take it on .
So these people are priority for January and beginning of March , there may be the odd day slotted here and there between these bookings so it is possible to fit you in January
we are returning to work on January the 10th .
I am also having some Building work done which hopefully will be done and dusted and completed in the next few weeks .
a few snagging problems to sort out , but hopefully we can start the decorating first week of January when the plaster has fully dried out
hence why I say January the 10th when I will return to work .

Have a nice Christmas break to all our clients and future clients

Always insist on UK MADE Northern Rubber by Hainsworth made in Retford Nottinghamshire .

I do a lot of Re-rubber work on full size tables down to pool tables
and the best rubber to have fitted is Northern Rubber by Hainsworth
now comes with yellow dot and a unique date code the rubber was manufactured in
and if you want the rubber fitted correctly then Geoff Large @ GCL billiards has over 46 years of experience fitting rubber and shaping pocket openings and undercut

If you want the best FIT THE BEST !











Telephone line back on now and the sheer amount of work we have to fit in before Christmas .

Telephone line connected again , fault  as suspected , corroding wires in the ground to box .
Well 2021 is fully booked out we cannot take anymore work in for this year .
my run of bookings for work  up to Christmas and new year is full .
without any possibility to squeeze even a small job in .

Coming out of covid has certainly had an impact on work required .
we are certainly overworked the Christmas run in .

I am off to St Anns on sea near Liverpool tomorrow
to correct another firms  faulty level of slate joint  fitting of a Brunswick 9ft pool  table and re-cloth it  .
it is going to be a long day with all the traveling from Nottingham .

I also have work booked in
for the Lincoln wragby area .
Swadlincote
Ashby del a Zouch x 4 tables
The Cotswolds
Leicester and North of Kettering area
plus a lot of small jobs to infill
and a Premier Division footballer moving house and I have to relocate one full size from his new house to his old house then in the opposite direction an American pool table
from the old house to the new house , with an overnight stop over .

The Phone keeps ringing and emails are still coming in , and  people are prepared to wait until the new year for GCL billiards to do the work on their cue sports table .
If you are thinking of buying a second hand table and you have found one please send a photo and I will offer free advice
on what needs spending on it and the costs of transporting and re-erect plus things like re-rubber , re-cloth , nets and leathers .
or that advice may even be not to buy it if I think there are better buys out there for you
Remember it is buyers market when you are looking at snooker tables , especially full size ones . so many being given away or for low hundreds , take your time and ask for advice when buying or looking for a table .
get it wrong and you will be thinking , I should have waited for the right one to come along .

I am known for being very approachable in giving free advice  , and with over 46 years of Billiards fitting experience , you will be hard pushed to find another fitter with that experience ,
there are  a hand full of us Old time served fitters still around left , even if I am too busy I know a few of these fitters who I would  gladly pass on their details to you .